About me

I was born in Moscow, Russia but most of my childhood I spent in California, playing tennis and wishing on stars.  My early interests in school were poetry and expression through art.  My desire to make turned into a fascination with mathematics – to me, the ultimate human construction: principles that try to describe creation itself.

I received my bachelors in Mathematics and Physics from The College of William and Mary in 2005, my masters in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington in 2006, and my PhD in Computational Neuroscience from Boston University in 2014.

My desire to make has led me to study the greatest maker of all. How does nature build us so effortlessly? How does it link parts on so many different scales to work together? What principles guide it? What pushes it to build? I am now a post-doc working on computer vision models that are inspired by these questions and the little we understand about how biological vision works.

My interest in science is equalled by my drive to build – a longing for connection to something outside of myself. I am an avid wood and metal worker, and most recently a timber framer. I love to work with my hands, to travel, and to learn languages. This website is a collection of my work, interests, and inspirations.

One thought on “About me

  1. Lena,

    I’m so glad I stumbled on your site! I’m fascinated by creative people in general, but particularly by those that have a strong background rooted in science/math. Your wide ranging expressions of creativity are amazing! Best wishes in your current studies and I look forward to seeing more of your projects.


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